Having a really good smart thermostat won’t just impact how comfortable your home is, but it will also impact how much you pay on heating and cooling. Considering that the average heating and cooling costs amount to over half of most home utility bills you could be saving some serious money and your smart thermostat could be paying for itself.
It’s true that you can save money by using a programmable thermostat and programming it around your schedule manually, but this will only get you so far. With a smart thermostat, it reads your patterns automatically, knows average temperature shifts outside, knows exactly how long it takes to change the temperature, and a lot more. Not to mention the fact that you can change the temperature even while you’re away from home. This can come in handy if you have pets or guests or even when you’re headed home and you want to be comfortable when you get there.
The Voice-enabled Ecobee4
Usually when it comes to smart thermostats, Nest gets all of the attention and it does deserve a lot of credit for trail blazing a great trend that saves a lot of money and helps a lot of industries, especially vacation home industries. Honestly though, Ecobee4 has better features in our opinion and at a better price. One of the biggest changes over the previous version is implementing built in voice assistant features. This may not sound like a big deal, but it can come in handy in a lot of situation and well, it’s just plain cool.
Another advantage you get with the ecobee4 is its ability to read your homes temperature in a bunch of rooms as opposed to just one. Most thermostats have a temperature gauge on them and are located in places that you won’t spend a lot of time, like a hallway. Having your thermostat knowing the temperature in a lot of rooms dramatically improves its accuracy, keeping you more comfortable more of the time. Also, the ecobee4 is compatible with just about every smart home device there is.
Nest Thermostat E
You might wonder why we chose the Nest E instead of Nest’s flagship learning thermostat. Well, to be honest we think that the Nest E Packs more punch for the money. It learns your heating and cooling preferences and automatically creates a cooling and heating schedule based on your routine just like Nests more expensive thermostat. The only real difference between the two is a feature called farsight. This feature basically just detects when you’re walking by and changes the display to show you the current temperature. Not a super important feature in our opinion and doesn’t really seem worth the extra $40.
The Nest E is also compatible with Nest’s multi-room sensors and has all the smart home features you would expect from the brand. It’s also compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, but it does lack the built in features like the Ecobee4, but considering its price if that feature is not important to you then you may want to consider this smart thermostat.
Honeywell Lyric T5
If you’re just looking for a smart thermostat and you don’t need algorithmic auto-scheduling then you might want to consider the Lyric T5. It does have geofencing capabilities and automatically shuts itself down when it detects that no one is home and it can also send you text alerts when you need to change your air filter or if the temperature reaches extremes. Being able to schedule and control your thermostat with a mobile app does actually add a lot of convenience. If you have a pretty predictable schedule then programming it in via that app might be enough to save money on the electric bill without having to fork over $200 for a fancier smart thermostat.
Smart Thermostat Shopping Considerations
One of the most important things to know when you’re shopping for a smart thermostat is whether or not you need a c-wire (common wire) to power your thermostat. Although this wire is standard, it’s not a guarantee that your home has one pre-installed. We recommend checking your current thermostat to see what wires are already present to make sure the one you are considering purchasing is compatible.
Another thing you might want to look into before you purchase is how easy the smart thermostat is to install. Look for official youtube videos and other how to documents on the internet and see if there is plenty of troubleshooting information.
Geofencing is basically a fancy way of saying proximity detection. One of the best features of today’s smart thermostats is their ability to tell whether you are home or not. Having the air conditioning run all day while no one is home is a pretty large waste of money, so its no wonder this is one of the most sought after feature.
The ability to control your thermostat while you are away is another great way to make sure you’re not running the system while no one is home. This feature is also pretty handy for renting out homes for vacations or for pet owners and latch key kids.
One of the biggest problems with normal thermostats is their relying on only one sensor. Have you ever noticed that certain times of the day it gets hotter or colder in the house despite the ac running? Well, multi-room sensors go a long way toward reducing this problem.
The ease of use with the mobile app can also have a huge impact. All those fancy money saving features won’t do you any good if the app if too confusing or irritating to use them. Look online for mobile app reviews and make sure the system you’re looking at has an app that works as expected.
Smart Thermostat with Smart Security
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